by Maureen O'Connor @ 1:47 pm 2 comments »
full disclosure: We received the following complimentary products for the purposes of this Tried and True Review… these opinions reflect my first hand experience and honest appraisal.
A little bit of background … Uncle Harry’s is family-run and based in Redmond, Washington. Although new to me, these nature-loving, these folks have been offering body-friendly health & beauty products for the past 20 years. Their unique formulations are hand-crafted using local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
Here’s my review of the products I’ve been using for the past ten days or so.
Body Deodorant – Aromatic and effective, this potion really works. Just spray it on and go. As I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s rare to find a safe and effective deodorant that makes you feel secure and confident. It keeps me sweet-smelling without the inclusion of: aluminum, parabens and potentially toxic preservatives and chemicals. It’s simply a nice blend of: odor-neutralizing, antibacterial collodial silver water, hydrating rose water, lavender and tea tree essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract.
Toothpaste, Mouthwash & Organic Breath Freshener – I love these products, especially the toothpaste (photo, right). It comes in a jar so I just dip the bristles of my toothbrush in the jar and brush teeth as usual. My teeth feel cleaner than ever and really shine just after normal brushing. The ingredients include Bentonite Clay, which is truly amazing. This clay is extremely versatile, safe and has numerous applications and healing properties.
The Mouthwash is good, too. You’re supposed to “swish” for a few minutes, so allow time for that. I carry the little spray bottle of Breath Freshener in my handbag and spritz it in my mouth after having lunch or dinner out. The organic peppermint is really potent.
I’m happy to find a company offering effective natural and organic dental care that won’t cost me an arm and a leg. As far as I’m concerned, we only get one set of teeth so it’s worth paying attention to ingredients and using the best care possible. The ingredients for each product are clearly listed on the website. Uncle Harry’s prices may be more expensive than conventional products that we find in the big box stores but I feel it’s worth paying a little more because of the value I place on my health and well-being.
Pain Free – this product is an unusual mix of oils — helichrysum, clove, wintergreen, and peppermint. You just rub a little on that sore spot for some pretty quick-acting temporary relief. I use it on my left shoulder area when muscle tightness grabs me. It chills the area and has a minty aroma. I sometimes need to apply it two or three times – it has wonderful aromatherapy properties, too.
Overall, I’d say that Uncle Harry’s line of essential oil based products and aromatherapy is a real find. Considering the quality ingredients and packaging, their prices are very reasonable. They offer an array of natural and organic nutritional and aromatherapy products as well as hair, skin and mouth care. They even sell bottles and caps for those of us who like to make their own essential oil concoctions. Check out uncleharrys.com for yourself. We give them our top rating of two green thumbs up.
You can also find a variety of Uncle Harry’s products @ amazon.com
related: more green health & beauty product recommendations
Monday, November 18, 2013
by Jennifer Hui @ 9:01 am 3 comments »
LUSH is an amazing cosmetics company that sources fresh, organic ingredients from sustainable producers and utilizes safe synthetics. They are mindful of waste and create products that need minimal packaging and use recycled, compostable, and biodegradable materials when packaging is required. LUSH’s environmental awareness is laudable – they are conscious of every step in their production line and put their efforts toward reducing their carbon footprints in terms of energy by using wind and low-impact hydro power. This is a cruelty-free brand as well and is actively against it.
I am sure many of you are familiar with LUSH products – they smell so good and I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals drying up my skin or causing breakouts. Right now, I’m using the grease lightning cleanser for acne spots. It’s effective and smells like lavender – so refreshing from all the foul-smelling spot treatments that I’ve tried in the past. I’m also using their love lettuce mask which is a great exfoliater and again, I love the use of lavender in it because the scent is calming and a bit luxurious. (more…)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
by Megan Gossner @ 3:03 pm post a comment »
For the past 6 months my sister has been following a strict gluten-free, dairy-free and caffeine-free diet. She’s visiting me for a few days, so in addition to lots of organic produce and sustainable fish, I’ve stocked up on all sorts of gluten-free food. We’re enjoying some mighty tasty morsels so I thought I’d just share a quick roundup of some of our favorite (slightly naughty) finds (more…)
by Jennifer Hui @ 11:18 am post a comment »
Studies indicate that Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor posing serious health threats to humans. The primary sources of human BPA exposure are through: plastics such as water & baby bottles; the epoxy-resin coatings of canned foods and thermal receipt paper. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) tested 2517 urine samples from people 6 years and older and found 93% of the samples contained BPA.
The health impacts of BPA include: hormonal abnormalities, asthma, risk of heart disease for children, behavioral problems, risk of cancer, and obesity. While BPA is still undergoing intensive studies on the health and environmental impacts – we agree with those who advise that it’s better to adopt the precautionary principle in this case than to be faced with the probable negative consequences later.
What can you do to protect yourself? First – to safeguard yourself against exposure to BPA , ditch the use of single-use plastic water bottles and buy a glass or stainless steel reusable bottle. This one act will benefit not only you and your children’s health, but also our ecosystem.
Second – if you already use conventional plastic food storage containers, do not microwave these containers or place hot food in them as BPA can leach into your food. To store leftovers, it’s best to use rectangular or square glass containers. Those with clear lids are great, they make it so easy to see what’s stored in the fridge. If you’re looking for some good options, Amazon carries a decent selection of BPA-free glass storage containers. (more…)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
by Jennifer Hui @ 8:50 am post a comment »
GoSol Power is a company that specializes in solar-powered products and portable power generators. These products are engineered by the Genesis Technologies Group which creates innovative products that are effective, portable and environmentally friendly. The solar products are mobile and grid-free, hence widening the opportunities to use solar power instead of depending on toxic and polluting non-renewables. The line of portable products includes: generators, power boxes and charging stations with a sprinkling of accessories as well.
Generators: They offer generators which are portable and self-contained, which reduces the costs of connecting to power grids when you travel to remote locations. Basically, it gives you the opportunity to be energy-independent through harnessing energy from the sun. The features of generators are pretty awesome, too:
- Up to 14,400 Watts of power
- Unique solar tracking technology
- Automated deploy and stow
- No Noise
- No Black Exhaust Smoke
- No Diesel Fuel
- Operational 24/7
- GPS locator and Wi-Fi capable
Power Boxes: The Power Box is literally a box of power that is reliable and portable. The case is water-proof and contains a foldable solar panel – seriously, how cool is that? You can keep your electronic devices charged everywhere you go – for those who perpetually attached to their phones/laptops/tablets. You can go camping, fishing or hiking with this box of technological goodness! Would surely come in handy in emergency situations. (more…)
Monday, October 21, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 4:05 pm 1 comment »
full disclosure: for the purposes of our Tried and True Green Product Review, Balanced Guru provided us with a free Ageless Serum product.
Today, we’re happy to shine the spotlight on Ageless Serum Organic Triple Rose Firming Serum. This lovely serum is certified organic and made in the USA by Balanced Guru – a brand recently recognized as Innovative New Green Product by The 2013 Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards.
For the past 10 days or so I’ve been applying this essential-oil based potion on my face, neck and decollete twice a day: after my morning shower and after cleansing my face at night. Each time I apply the serum, my skin feels nice and oily, which I love, and within a couple of minutes skin drinks in the goodness. The serum has a nice light scent. I use about 5 drops in the morning and 9 or 10 at night. When I wake-up, skin feels soft and smooth. Balanced! The serum works well under makeup, too – it’s my new moisturizer. Over time, it’s intended to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness – I look forward to that! (more…)